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ALBUM Releases Written by Kinsey Litton


grace jones hurricane (re-release) wall of sound | september 6

The beautiful and unique model, actress and singer brings us yet another musical experience that pushes the boundaries and breaks the mold. Grace Jones, now 63 years old, shows no signs of slowing down or stopping. By releasing her first album in 19 years back in 2008, Grace Jones rejoined the music world, uniting with composer Ivor Guest. This September marks the re-release of the 2008 album, “Hurricane,” as well as a second bonus disc dub version featuring the top dance chart hits and music for all alt-electronic music lovers.

2 swizz beatz haute living atlantic | (First Track) september 13

Though only two solo studio albums deep, Swizz Beatz has become one of the most successful and talented record producers in the business. His collaborations range from Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Bono to a litany of other prominent artists. Swizz Beatz has more than proved his worth in the music industry. With the release of his second studio album’s premiere track (he’s decided to release track-by-track instead of a full album), “Haute Living” listeners can expect cameos from Chris Brown, Eve, wife Alicia Keys, M.I.A. and many others along with producer credits from Dr. Dre. Make sure to check it out.


3 neon indian era extrana static tongues | september 13

Alan Palomo and Neon Indian spent more time on the road than at home, and following the release of Era Extrana, they’ll be back on the road again. This sophomore release will face inevitable scrutiny after the global success of Psychic Chasms, and like most second albums, E.E. will present a more mature and decidedly more introspective (more angst) album. Teaser singles (“Fallout” and “Polish Girl”) evoke ‘80s nostalgia and the yearning stag sound Palomo embodies. For the fan of revamped ‘80s synth-pop, obviously.

4 mary j. blige my life II: The journey continues geffen | september 20

Featuring production from Kanye West and the Underdogs and boasting collaborations with Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, Busta Rhymes and other hip-hop superstars, Mary J. Blige’s 10th studio album is sure to be the success she has worked so hard for. Reflecting on her tumultuous addiction-filled past and skyrocket to the spotlight, Blige’s newest CD looks both back and forward in her everchanging life. Filled with plenty of groove-worthy tracks and signature emotional ballads, Blige will never disappoint her fans who have stuck around through her 20 year long career.


Video Game Releases Written by Glace Bondeson

5 jumpgate evolution codemasters | september 1 | windows

The sequel to Jumpgate: The Reconstructive Initiative, Jumpgate Evolution (JGE) is the newest addition to the Codemasters long list of award-winning video games. The game is MMOG formatted to support up to thousands of players, making the game more interactive and difficult. Custom-ready and equipped with player versus environment or player versus player mode, as well as an option to claim a sector of space and run your own nation complete with squad members and rival nations, Jumpgate Evolution looks like it will pay off after the long wait for its release. Players can independently pilot their own ship and communicate with other nations within the game allowing for a customizable gaming experience.




6 dead island deep silver | september 6 | windows, playstation 3, xbox live

There’s something about zombies that makes them forever entertaining to kill in video games. With the release of Dead Island, the zombie fun continues as players must fight for survival on a zombie-infested island in Papua New Guinea. The fighting style is meelee focused, meaning it’s an every man for himself game. The game comes with customizable weaponry, vehicular combat and RPG elements making it ideal for tactical, ruthless players. Complete with a “Floater” zombie who appears in the sewers and vomits on the player as a defense mechanism (Dead Island’s Boomer), this game has all zombie elements covered.

7 formula one 2011 codemasters | september 20 | Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS, windows Winner of the 2010 BAFTA award, this new video game is replete with all things Formula One. Developed around the company’s new EGO Engine and based on the 2011 season’s players, circuits, and teams, F1 2011 is perfect for any and all racing fans. With a new focus on multiplayer and split-screen mode and all the newest graphics, special effects and technology, F1 2011 will put players into the grips of a true Formula One driver. The cars are decked out and customizable based on the driver’s talent and style and the game’s high-quality graphics make it feel like you’re driving in a true F-1 racecar.

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everything must go september 6

the tempest september 13

thor september 13

This heartwarming and surprisingly dramatic new movie from Will Ferrell is a must see. The film tells a story about Nick (Ferrell), a dude whose bad day includes getting fired, kicked out of his own house and progressing into a daytime alcoholic. Forced to live out on his lawn with the remainder of his stuff that his wife threw out, Nick has to learn to grow up and move on. Filled with Ferrell’s usual quips and clever humor, “Everything Must Go” is a great example of his ever-improving acting skills.

Complete with stunning visuals, a talented crew of actors and a critically acclaimed director, Shakespeare remakes certainly don’t get any better. Helen Mirren stars as Prospera and Russell Brand as Trinculo in Julie Taymor’s take on the Shakespearean classic. Though Taymor, director of “Frida” and “Across the Universe,” takes an alternative approach to the story line with a female cast in Prospero’s role and other slight changes, her take on the film is beautiful and filled with imagination and extraordinary cinematography.

Marvel Studios brings us the latest installment in the superhero franchise with the release of its latest film, “Thor.” Starring Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and newcomer Chris Hemsworth, “Thor” tells of the son of Odin and the ultimate soldier in 965 A.D. Thor (Hemsworth) is exiled from his home after angering his father with his willingness to fight. After landing in New Mexico in present day, Thor must find his weapon and defeat the threat to his throne. Directed by well-known British actor and director Kenneth Branagh, this is a movie for comic book geeks and fans of the marvelous.

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop september 13

PIrates of the caribbean 4 september 20

Bridesmaids september 20

Referred to as “a peek behind Conan’s psychological curtain,” “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” follows the famous nightly talk-show host after the NBC debacle that nearly ruined his career and tested his faith in the entertainment business. After a complicated switch of late night shows, Conan’s last show aired in January 2010. This documentary follows Conan as he attempts to build a traveling comedy show called “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny,” which toured around the United States following his departure from NBC. Make sure to check the movie out.

Brought to the screen by the same duo that has kept the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise alive, Jerry Bruckheimer and Rob Marshall join forces again to bring us the fourth installment in the “Pirates” series. Johnny Depp stars again as Captain Jack Sparrow set out on a mission to find the Fountain of Youth. United with the everbeautiful Penélope Cruz on his beloved Black Pearl, Sparrow faces some of the same enemies and (of course) some new ones, on his way to the Fountain of Youth. Check out the latest chapter of P.O.T.C.

Now considered the highest-grossing female comedy to date, “Bridesmaids” surprised audiences with its witty tits-out humor and clever characters. Proving that women’s movies with gross humor and inappropriate one-liners can top box offices too, “Bridesmaids” is true to life and filled with laughs. Produced by Judd Apatow (“40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up”) and starring Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne and Jon Hamm, the film keeps viewers laughing so hard they might pee their pants while still connecting with characters on a surprisingly honest note.


The dominant ethnic groups of the Pacific Northwest are Caucasian, Mexican and Chinese.

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9/9/11 Directed By - Steven Soderberg Starring -Matt Damon, Gwenyth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard This movie actually looks terrifying. Simply terrifying. Not startling-scary or even gross-scary, but scary because not only is it possible for something like this to happen, it’s probable. It has happened many times before and it is just a matter of time before it happens again. When a seemingly healthy woman (Paltrow) starts showing flu-like symptoms, no one gets too concerned until she collapses and dies suddenly in the hospital. When her husband (Damon) finds out that his wife and the mother of their son has passed away, he doesn’t understand what happened. Little does he or anyone else know that this is just the beginning of a devastating epidemic, a mutant strain of the bird-flu that is going to threaten every human being on the globe. When the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) gets involved, they find that it is a more dire situation than previously thought. We have no control protocol and are nowhere near a vaccine or cure. As civilization

starts to crumble, people become increasingly paranoid and begin not trusting anyone and shutting themselves inside in order to outrun the deadly disease. What makes this movie so terrifying is that the bubonic plague killed an estimated 75 million people. This was at a time when the world population was only around 350 million. That is a kill percentage of more than 20 percent. In today’s world, that would be 1.4 billion people dead. That’s not taking into account how tightly packed our cities are now compared to back then. With people flying everywhere every day, no one would be safe. I’m definitely going to go check this one out (breath-mask in tow). With Soderbergh (“Traffic, “The Girlfriend Experience”) at the helm and Damon in one of the leads, I’m fairly certain that this movie will deliver. I bet Purell sales will skyrocket after the release of this movie. I, myself, am actually scared to go watch this. I’m afraid that I will get paranoid and never want to leave my house, just like Bill Murray in “What About Bob.” Baby steps, man. Baby steps.




9/23/11 Directed By - Bennett Miler Starring - Brad Pitt, Robin Write, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill

9/30/11 Directed By - Jonathan Levine Starring - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick

Without names like Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte, I wouldn’t even talk about this movie. Sure, I like fighting movies, but I thought they nailed it with “Never Back Down.” If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Yes, I’m kidding. Two estranged brothers, one an aging teacher (Edgerton) and the other a war hero (Hardy), both train for an MMA tournament that has the biggest winning purse in the history of the sport. Inevitably, the brothers end up having to fight each other. Meh. I’m going to wait and see how it fairs before I make a decision to actually invest two hours of my life.

I hate sports, but I love sports movies. Go figure. This one is based upon the true story of Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane (Pitt) and his strategy of using computers to pick and choose his players at the draft. Another underdog sports movie, I know, but what’s wrong with that? Especially when they are uplifting and above all else, true. Or close to true, anyway. Probably not theater material, but probably a really good buy or rent, a total home-run. Wow, sorry.

Hmm, I don’t know about this one. A dramedy about a 27-year-old guy that gets diagnosed with cancer and is given a 50/50 chance. Hence the title. Idiot. A little too somber of a subject to be really funny. Although, “Funny People” was actually pretty funny. Wait, Seth Rogen was in that, too. What the hell is with that?! Does he just like being around actors playing terminally ill characters? What a sick bastard. I’m probably going to see it anyway. Whatever makes me happy to be me, right?

9/9/11 Directed By - Gavin O’Connor Starring - Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison, Nick Nolte


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Well, I wish I had this during my college years. Amazon Student is an app for iOS, giving students the ability to trade in their old books (to Amazon) and receive credit on an gift card. Featuring an easy to use interface, users can just scan the barcode of an old textbook and receive a price quote instantly. If the user decides to sell the item, they will print off a shipping label and off your expensive textbook goes into the world of Amazon. You will then receive your shiny new Amazon gift card, which can be used to purchase anything from Amazon’s online store. Oh yeah, you can also buy and sell old electronics, DVDs, video games and much more. Can’t beat the free price tag either, go check out this app and clear out some space on that bookshelf.

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National Geographic: the World IPAD

If you have ever used Google Earth, you know how easy it can be to get lost in its beauty. National Geographic: The World takes that concept to an entirely new level, presenting the most unique and interactive globe viewing experience. Instantly get historical and useful information about any spot on the planet with the tap of a finger. Providing insanely detailed maps and stunning photography from around the world, this is a great learning tool for students or anybody who has an interest about this amazing planet we live on. The spinning globe is a beauty to look at and is easily one of the best looking iPad apps we have seen so far.

Blackberry Traffic Blackberry smartphone

Blackberry Traffic is the company’s answer to Google Maps with all the same useful qualities and customizable features. This app allows you to look up your destination, see if there is any traffic and choose an alternate route if needed. The app then gives you an ETA and allows you to send it to your friends via text message. If addresses are stored in your phone contacts, the Blackberry Traffic can pull it from your contacts, get you there and inform your friends when you’ll be there. For Blackberry users who are frustrated by other programs, this application is perfect for getting you where you need to be and bypassing interruptions.


The state of Washington is the only state to be named after a United States president.

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DEAL #1 bacardi "oakheart" Rum Already a leader in traditional and flavored rum categories, Bacardi will soon enter the spiced rum category and it’s set to be one of their biggest launches in 15 years. This September, Bacardi will launch OakHeart, their answer to what’s currently on the market and to Barcardi loyalists who have requested this for quite some time.

DEAL #3 passport to prana Passport to Prana offers aspiring yoga enthusiasts and gurus a first-class ticket to wellness at more than 20 yoga studios around the region. Card holders are entitled to take a single class at every participating studio in their area without having to pay costly drop-in fees or commit to a long-term yoga membership. Want to learn Bikram Downtown today? Explore Ayurveda across town tomorrow and then do Shakti on Friday? No problem. Passport to Prana lets would-be yogis become both tourist and travel agent. Members completely customize their yoga experience...from schedule to area of interest to neighborhood to fitness level.    Each Passport costs $30, making the cost of each yoga session a little over $1. (That’s less than the cost of a yoga mat rental.) Like all Passports, this one has an expiration. Seattle Regional Passports are good one year from date of activation and can be purchased at www.passporttoprana. com and select participating studios.


Everett is the site of the world's largest building, Boeing's final assembly plant.

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DEAL #4 ‘HASSEL’ FREE FOOTBALL WIDOWS ESCAPE The Edgewater, Seattle’s only waterfront hotel, is offering a ‘Hassel’-Free Football Widows Escape. While NFL fans are enamored with football fever, ‘widows’ enjoy a guilty pleasure of their own, tackling pampering head on. Starting at $399 a night and available from Sept. 11, 2011 to Feb. 6, 2012 the ‘Hassel’-Free Football Widows Escape features an array of amenities for two, including: - Tailgate Teaser Treats and Touchdown ‘Tinis Upon Arrival - No Parking Pass Needed - Complimentary Valet Parking during your stay - Rookie Room Service - Before settling with your “favorite player,” guests can sample some of Six Seven’s signature dishes To book the Hassel-Free Football Widows Escape or for more information on The Edgewater Hotel call (800) 624-0670 or visit

LITTLE WATER CANTINA Written by Jacklyn Tran Photography by Sam Cook 2865 Eastlake Ave E. Seattle, Washington, 98102 (206) 397-4940


Medina is the home of the United States wealthiest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates.

A L ight breeze slips into the folds of my frenzied mind and as I feel the breeze tear the worries away from my turmoil, I’m thankful to be seated at Little Water Cantina. In life, it’s far too often that everything feels like it’s moving at the speed of light. Work days whirr by, schedules are busy and hectic and sometimes it isn’t until those rare lazy Sundays, extended weekends or long-awaited vacations that one is able to sit and fully unwind. The busier one may be, however, the more important it is to find small ways to embrace moments of calm and enjoyment. The day that I first walked into Little Water Cantina, the latest addition to the Eastlake community, I had no clue I was not only about to enjoy a meal, but was also

The diver scallops ($19) aimed to please sitting on a bed of grilled corn and epazote, in a pool of sweet mango-habanero sauce, tinted with lemongrass and ginger and capped with delicate pieces of fried kale. The wild boar torta ahogada ($16) or “drowned sandwich” appeared daunting in size as two halves of a grilled Macrina roll held together a mass of applewood smoked boar, grilled pineapple and fried onions, all partially submerged in a three chile sauce that invited each bite to be dunked in. Lastly, the ice cream sandwich ($8) was blissful!

uncovering a new form of escape. Cinder blocks, salvaged trees and reclaimed wood may not sound remarkable on paper, but one foot in the door of Little Water Cantina and anyone can experience for themselves the casual ease and cheery energy created by joining these elements. Designed by Shed Architecture, Little Water Cantina’s modern space features a 24-foot-long, live-edge bar made of Pacific Madrone and lit up by darling antique gramophone horns-turned-lamps suspended from the wood planked ceiling. A bright and airy dining room boasts floor-to-ceiling glass doors that slide open to an immaculate and sweeping view of Lake Union from the amazingly landscaped patio where communally seated picnic tables await. On cooler days, one may opt to cozy up by the fireplace in the lounge area where you’ll be intrigued by the wall of 800 empty tequila bottles set into cement or be inclined to glance over a collection of hundreds of Mexican postcards, all different, all scrawled with messages from yesteryear.

On my most recent visit to the pan-Mexican restaurant, which is currently being considered for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification and can already flaunt that it’s one of the most sustainably-operated restaurants on the West Coast, I got to enjoy my time in the main dining room. I was a little frazzled getting there since I’d been running what seemed like a thousand errands prior. Moments in, however, I felt the wind lightly billowing through the room and a coctel de camaron ($12) was set before me. The golden rays of sunshine quickly melted away any fragments of worry that wasn’t already carried away in the wind and I was able to enjoy the sweet and succulent white gulf shrimp with a smidge of cocktail sauce, creamy guacamole and crisp corn chips; perfect for a sun-soaked day overlooking the water. A striking albacore tuna ceviche ($14) joined tender slices of St. Jude’s tuna with a heap of microgreens, cucumber and jicama slivers that teased with citrusy mandarinquat flavor before kicking in with habanero spiciness.

cocktails which are crafted with juices that are freshCrumbly, bittersweet chocolate-chile cookies met a squeezed daily. The margaritas are superior, the large scoop of Full Tilt’s milky, cinnamon-speckled horchata ice cream, drizzled with cajeta (similar to “?!” ($10) or interrobang, was stiff but satisfying with vodka, St. Germain, cocchi Americano and rhucaramel, made by cooking down goat’s milk) and barb bitters. The spicy fogo ($10) was a lightly fruity sprinkled with candied hazelnuts. mix of pineapple, lime, cachaca and mint, toughened Of course, I wouldn’t dare enter a cantina and skip out on ordering a couple drinks and naturally, up with a little Serrano pepper. I didn’t want to leave. But as dinner service startbeyond the picture-perfect view and inventive cuied picking up, I felt inclined to tear myself away from sine, the beverages did not disappoint. With a long list of wines, tequilas, beers and mez- the view, the fresh breeze, the beautiful scenery, away from my new escape, the Little Water Cantina. cals, I opted to choose from the rotating list of house



Il Corvo

Written by Kate Opatz

Italian food isn ’ t hard to find in S eattle. Pizza places have become as commonplace as coffee shops while crudos and ragùs are seem ingly unavoidable .


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It takes a bit of effort to eat at Il Corvo. The restaurant is only open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., takes only cash and is located inside Procopio Gelateria on the Pike Place Hill Climb. But once you make it, you’ll find a daily selection of handmade pasta, creatively decorated with market produce. Worth it.

the proliferation of pasta places has made it difficult to distinguish those that are worthwhile without trial and error.



are enough standouts that that ’ s not necessary.

Here are a few:

Spinasse At Spinasse, the star dish is the one in which the pasta comes most unadorned. With just sage and butter, there’s no room to question that this is the most authentic Piedmontese pasta you’ll get. Cut so thin it’s nearly translucent, the tajarin melts in your mouth like hot ice.

Café Juanita Good luck trying to make a decision about what pasta to get at Café Juanita. Goat cheese gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and pancetta, perhaps? Or maltagliati (randomly shaped pasta made from the scraps of other pasta) with morels, peas and house-made ricotta? Take your pick. It’s all going to be excellent.

La Medusa

Truffles are one of those foods that make some into fiends a n d others just shrug. If they’re your thing, La Spiga offers one of the most intense-without-being-overthe-top opportunities for getting a truffle fix. It’s in the form of truffle tagliatelle, properly buttery with just a respectful amount of truffle.

The wonderful thing about La Medusa’s pasta i s n ’ t s o m u c h o n e s t a n d o u t as the fact that there are reliably five everchanging pasta dinners that are all equally enticing. Rigatoni, perciatelli and campanelle, they’re all peppered with fresh herbs and vegetables, along with Sardinian flavors such as pine nuts, olives and pancetta.


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Even more decadent, however, is the gnocchi with oxtail, roasted corn, fontina and crispy marrow at Quinn’s. It’s a small plate for obvious reasons, but such a worthy indulgence.

Pasta plays a supporting, yet infinitely important role in Book Bindery’s slow poached egg dish. The delicate egg comes in a Parmesan broth with hand cut tagliatelle, resulting in a graceful, restrained and seriously delicious bowl of food.

The menu descriptions are spare. Really just ingredient lists. But what comes on the plate is exceptionally vibrant. Farfalle with peas and prosciutto or ricotta tortelli with spinach, sage and cinnamon are just a couple of examples of Cantinetta’s consistently satisfying pasta choices.

La Spiga


Washington is the birthplace of both Jimi Hendrix (Seattle) and Bing Crosby (Tacoma).

CRAFTY COCKTAILS Written by Kathy Casey

Seattle has always been a city

and genuine excitement for creating

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drinks her guests will love is a breath

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of fresh air.

that make the rules as they go and take no prisoners. Seattle’s

Things at Moshi Moshi are getting

hottest mixologists are embracing

seriously crafty. Erik Carlson has been

t h a t s p i r i t wholeheartedly, mixing up

mixing up drinks with house-made

craft drinks that are an homage to the

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past and on the cutting edge of the fu-

bourbon, banana chip-infused rum

ture. From reviving cocktail lore and im-

and working rare spirits into clas-

parting speakeasy style to embracing

s ic drinks since he retur ned to his

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S e at t le roots after a spell behind

libations as part of their repertoire, these

the bar at San Francisco institution,

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Carlson amongst

perience a unique cocktail

its ever-growing trophy case of

Keith Waldbauer is a self-proclaimed

truly impressive

cocktail geek at heart. Co-owner and

young cocktai l

resident mixologist at beloved Capi-


tol Hill hotspot Liberty and the vice president and cofounder of Washington State Bartenders Guild, there was

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tomer something specific to their tastes

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or being talked about and published locally and nationally, Waldbauer is an all-around talented guy! Cheers

- Kathy

Over at Rob Roy, owner and mixologist Anu Apte is making ladies be-

Catch Kathy on Twitter

hind the bar everywhere look good.


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initially as a way of working through

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her university, Apte quickly realized she was thoroughly in love with the job. That realization met with opportunity when Rob Roy went up for sale. Somehow, Apte says, she bought it. And I’m glad she did. Her creativity


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Written by Aleko Lilly Photography by Sam Cook

iPic and Salt Bar is drinks, dinner and a movie all wrapped up in one seamless package. It’s a perfect place to bring a date or meet your friends and have a cocktail before shooting off to the movie of your choice. iPic is more than just a cinema: it is a complete pampering night out.

I’m not really a moviegoer. In fact, I probably make it to the theater only a couple of times a year. The WWW.ipictheaters.COM reality is that when I go out for the evening, I want to spend my money on 16451 NE 74th Street more than just the opportunity to sit Redmond, WA 98052 in an uncomfortable, sticky seat, eat (425)-636-5601 overpriced popcorn and drink gallons of sugary soda. Luckily, I’ve found a place that is everything but. iPic Theatres and Salt Bar have packaged the movie-going experience into the ultimate night out for drinking, dining and entertainment. Here is a theater that doubles as a bar, triples as a restaurant and is more comfortable than your living room. Neither you, nor your date, have to do anything but show up, order and indulge. And there is no need to worry about crying babies or obnoxious tweens. Here’s what you do: Buy your tickets online! Then, show up early, immerse yourself at Salt Bar, check out the cocktails and mingle. Salt is the classy, sublime


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bar that flows seamlessly into the iPic theater. It’s thusly named because most of the signature drinks showcase the seven styles of salt that bartenders add to or rim the cocktails with. There’s a Salted Mocha Martini with salt and cocoa powder on the rim as well as an abundance of cocktails made with rum, vodka and tequila featuring salt sprinkled in or around the glass. The bar also boasts a few locally inspired cocktails. This is where the standouts reside. Drinks like the Smoke & Tonic (alder wood-infused gin, lime, tonic, cucumbers and orange bitters) and the Mac & Jack’s themed ‘beer-tail’ titillate and tease the palate. The bar works hard to be creative and comfortable; a place where you can sit and enjoy your drinks, get to know your date and prepare to cozy up in the theater. When you’re sufficiently lubricated, it’s time to move on to your seats. There are two price levels of seats available, but only one is worth getting. Go for the Premium Plus where you get a fully reclining lounge chair, pillows, blankets, free popcorn and drinks and dinner service to your seat. Once installed in your pre-reserved seats, a waiter will drop off your popcorn and take your dinner order. You’ll also get the chance to top up on another round of cocktails that will keep even a bad movie exciting. The popcorn makes a perfect appetizer as you wait for your simple, easy-to-eat-in-a-lounge-chair food. Selections of mini-burgers, flatbreads and many other options abound. Sit back, snuggle up and enjoy!

“The bar works hard to be creative and comfortable; a place where you can sit and enjoy your drinks, get to know your date and prepare to cozy up in the theater.�


TRAGO Written by Tyler Huggins Photography by Sam Cook trago brings south lake union a new flare of dining, drinks and dancing all under one glorious roof. WWW.tragoseattle.COM 701 westlake ave n seattle, WA 98109 (206) 623-2949

Conversations are snatched up into the soft breeze of a midsummer evening. It (the breeze) dissipates noise and instills calm upon Trago. The customers file in and out in twos, some dating, others married and the majority involved extra-curricularly. Everyone (from the desultory hostess to the oldest customer) entertains the bland Gap commercial good looks: non-local tans complementing well-trimmed hair and the distinct feeling that they would jump at a flash mob proposal. Even though the restaurant tries to play up some guise of Mexican-ness, patrons tend to stick to beer and wine, anything quick-pour that limits the amount of time spent on procuring the drink and cuts straight to the drinking chase. It's Monday, and any dancers from the weekend are long gone, only their energy remains. Each dance floor is under heavy construction, undergoing repairs to the damages caused by thousands of shuffling and stamping soles, twisting and sliding on Friday and Saturday night. Surveying the spacious setting in Trago (formerly Outback Steakhouse), I immediately case the joint, uncovering the areas perfect for the little indiscretions that make life interesting. And indiscretionary areas there are, along with a kidneyshaped dance spot at street level and a champagne room on the second floor: lounging allowed, dancing encouraged. Don't forget the penthouse windows. The twenty-five foot panorama of continuous northeast-facing glass overlooks South Lake Union Park, affording elbowroom for post-tango partners to rest up on each other in classic Sandals ad fashion, reveling in the post-gyration siesta. From their perch, the view befitting of a resort is sure to stir up some pheromonal foreplay. Juxtaposed with the segmented eastern-facing windows that


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displays the industrial district on Westlake and the densely populated Capitol Hill, the awe-inspiring escape into Lake Union and the wellmanicured S.L.U.P. lawns deserves mention. The illusion of Mexican authenticity no longer takes precedent in restaurant conceptualization. Trago is part of the new breed of nighttime hotspots that casts off any pretensions of ethnic association and inserts themselves into American kitsch, margarita-first. The Corona umbrellas, the collection of brand name tequilas, even the name Trago, which loosely reads as: the booze. It's overtly and undeniably American. As any business owner or professor will routinely inform you, success is dependent on your product's ability to fill a need. Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, each iteration of this trio projects a concept or image that sets apart their product from the mass array within that ilk. What they will also tell you is that Trago, as a business, cannot subside solely on their Americanized cantina paradigm. This begs the question, what uniquities does Trago offer? What Trago does sell is dalliance. And it sells in excess. While the dance 'n' drink spots in Belltown cater to bachelorette parties and vodka sales and the Capitol Hill clubs wield funk, soul and Ranier for the lonely dancer, Trago is the spot for on-the-fence couples or burgeoning affairs, supplanting thought and rhetoric with physical action and primal communication. It's a social spot for two. Patrons rent their space to drink, dance and interview each other mercilessly over likes and dislikes until someone is bold enough to push through the invisible barrier and initiate physical contact.

rain city rock camp for girls Written by Joe Gustav Photographs by Laura Gehring

who said girls don’t rock? this camp shows young women that rocking isn’t only for the boys anymore.

As you are reading this, school will be in session. It’ll be back to books, back to homework and back to having to sit still through lectures about the Monroe Doctrine. This is hard for any student, but it may be even harder for the lucky 120 area girls who attended the Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, a camp for 8 to 16 year olds whose main focus is for girls to be loud and be heard. Now in its third year, the entirely female-run nonprofit, formerly known as Girls Rock! Seattle, gives young women the chance to build self-esteem and express themselves creatively through rock ‘n’ roll. “Rock ‘n’ roll is all about getting up and making noise,” said Holly Houser who, along with Natalie Walker, founded the Seattle camp after volunteering at the Portland camp. “It’s about being in front of people and being confident in what you’re doing.” Houser and Walker both recall being reserved youngsters who were not encouraged to overcome their timidity. “I was one of those kids that was dying to


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let that inner extrovert out, but I was super shy. Shy on the outside and really loud on the inside,” Walker said. “Something like this would have gotten me out of my shell a lot sooner.” Campers are inspired to be loud at activities like punk aerobics while still listening to others. Throughout the week, campers learn an instrument (guitar, bass, drums or vocals) and work with assigned bands to write a song that will be performed at camp’s finale, the Saturday showcase, held this year at Neumos. “Being in a band is the quintessential team experience,” said Houser, who performs in local outfit XOXO. “So much about music is listening to each other. Every member of the band has the same level of importance.” The campers recognize that. Makena, 10, is a return attendee from last year. Though her favorite activity is the DJ workshop, she enjoys band practice because of her bandmates’ willingness to work together. “I like having to work with a group on the spot,” she said. “The people at my school are stubborn so it’s much harder, but here they’re willing to do anything.”

A lot of that may have to do with the all-female environment. All volunteers, including “roadies” like intern and camp alum Ella, are women and most spaces in the camp are off-limits to men. It allows the campers to be comfortable during body image workshops, but also to excel in spaces often dominated by boys. “This is such a unique camp.” said volunteer instructor Kim Wilder, who also plays for metal band Princess. “To see girls be in a safe place where they can’t have boys dominate the space. I’ve gone to bass schools where that will happen.” A larger goal of the camp is to build a local network of female musicians from the ground up. Both Houser and Walker described the Seattle scene as “fragmented” and hope that by camp events like lunchtime local band performances, they can help make women musicians of all genres not only aware of each other but also supportive. Enrollment for this summer was filled so quickly that an extra session was added. In the future, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls hopes to host three to four summer sessions and year-round afterschool programs, plus obtain their own space (camp this year was held at Billings Middle School in Green Lake). They also aspire to keep inspiring girls to be creative and be confident. In the future, look for camp alumni in our Young Northwest picks throughout the multitude of categories, not just music. Rain City Rock Camp also offers a Ladies Rock Camp for women ages 19 to 100. For information about camp enrollment and how you can help, please visit


stages of success: ROCKY Sandoval

Written by Courtney Byrd Photograph by Don Monick

From downtown Tacoma to a west coast tour, Rocky Sandoval proves that with dedication and faith, a young singer's dreams can become a reality.


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I first experienced a performance by Rocky Sandoval during karaoke night at Jazzbones in downtown Tacoma. Since that night, close to two years ago, Sandoval has managed to release an album, started touring, worked on collaborations with big names including Ginuwine and Andre 3000, and even worked on locking down business deals for his own company, Common Mind Music Group. 2011 has been a successful year to say the least. “I just released my first official mixtape, ‘Straight Out the Notebook,’ which has done very well, both on the streets and on the net,” Sandoval said. “Last year was my coming out party, but this year I feel is a breakout year with even higher expectations.  I opened up for Jagged Edge, Donell Jones, Avant and Dru Hill in May and am now part of the ‘Ladies Night Out’ concert series.” LNO features big name artists like K-Ci & JoJo, Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Jon B, and of course, Sandoval himself. “Nothing will EVER top July 29 at the Sav-Mart Center in Fresno, CA,” Sandoval said. “I mean, a sold out stadium, ten thousand screaming passionate fans (80 percent women); Fresno really showed me love and gave me inspiration of actually having support somewhere other than my home state of Washington. They blew me up on the radio, team promos, clubs and really knew how to treat me and for that I am so honored and humbled at the same time.” The tour is continuing all across California in November and December with possible stops in Colorado, Oregon and Arizona. “We also have a stop in Kent where I am featured with Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight and Seattle’s very own, Choklate,” Sandoval said. (Choklate just happened to be featured in DList’s Young Northwest issue last year). Towards the end of the Fresno show, Sandoval was pulled back on stage and got to perform with his fellow headliners. “I couldn’t even describe to you how I felt,” he explained. “I remember JoJo handing me a mic and saying, ‘Do ya thang,’ and Jon B and Sisqó telling me on stage as the crowd was just going bananas, ‘Welcome brotha, you’re on your way.’ To get co-signed by all those legends just made me feel like all the work I put in to get this far was starting to come

around. And to have my ENTIRE family sidestage/backstage (all 24 of them) witnessing it made it that much sweeter.” Sandoval is absolutely dedicated to succeeding in this business. He carries a notebook everywhere with him, just in case inspiration sparks. “I never forget where I’m from,” he said.  Sandoval takes pride in his city and gives props to other artists from Tacoma and Washington alike. “I think there’s a lot of talent out here and I have a lot of respect for the artists out here because they’re real and they’ve stayed true to themselves.” He added, “I like hearing success stories from people who come out of my city, and not just this city, but this state. It inspires me.” So what factors have promoted Sandoval from Monday night karaoke bars to the main stage? “I think that I finally have all the right people in place to help catapult my level of success even more,” he said. “And I continue to count my blessings. It’s all about who you know in this industry and the people I have in my corner have been amazing. My ties with Ocean Records and close relationship with CEO Steve ‘Steve-O’ Brown have been amazing. They took a chance on me and it has paid off well for both sides. Everyone on tour has been great. Those guys really took me in and continue to be great mentors to me in helping me get to where I want to go. I think that, combined with my work ethic, is the reason I’ve come this far. Talent means nothing. Hard work beats talent 24/7, any day of the week. Dreams sometimes aren’t enough.” “I have a single entitled ‘Just Go’ produced by the genius himself, Lawrence ‘Illoquint’ Wilder,” added Sandoval. “On the collab mixtape, we haven’t really decided what the lead single will be, but I promise our music will speak for itself. And with everything that has gone on I’ve got new material in the works. Just because I’ve experienced so much, it’s giving me a different sound. I write daily, but I have so much new stuff that I could literally release another project.” He’s also trying different showbiz avenues, like acting. Sandoval was cast as a lead in the gospel stage play, “A Picture of Life.” He can be seen onstage beginning Sept. 2 when the show opens at the Pantages Theater.

Getting to Know: MIKE FUCITO Written by Sheena Nguyen Photograph by Sounders F C

MIKE FUCITO’S DLIST DRESS - WHAT DO YOU WEAR FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN? Jeans and a tee shirt or a button down.


Red Wine.


DANCE - WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE DANCE MOVE? I do not, but whenever the mood strikes, the dancing does happen from time to time.

When late spring rolled around, just like any other college student at the time, current Seattle Sounders FC forward Mike Fucito was getting ready to take his last final at Harvard and bolt out of campus as soon as possible. In fact, he had just finished up his last final and was on the way to the airport for his brother’s wedding when he received a call from his agent simply stating, “I hope you like the rain.” After that phone call that seemed to be more of a shock to Fucito than anyone else, the rest became history as he signed with the Sounders. “I was very surprised,” he commented. “I was in a bit of shock, but the more I thought about it the more excited I became. I’m very happy now.” Much of this history was actually recorded, as the 25-year-old has a knack for making it in the books, among his many other accomplishments. In club play, he captained a squad that won the New England Championship and was the only undefeated and untied team in league history. As a professional, Fucito’s breakout moment came during a crucial moment in time. Last year when the Sounders were battling the frustrations of a potential draw on home turf against Kansas City in front of more than 35,000 fans in overtime in the 92nd minute, Fucito found the ball thrown in by Brad Evans and struck it into the far right corner of the net for a goal and became just the sixth player in MLS history whose first goal was a gamewinner in stoppage time. “That goal is the one that sticks out the most in my mind because it put me in the right direction to score,” Fucito commented. Fucito was very much headed in the right direction from the start, growing up with a passion for the sport. “I was kicking around a soccer ball probably since I was about 3 years old,” he recalled. Though he was surrounded by other sports and even participated in baseball and basketball for some time, it was clear that he had a niche in soccer and perhaps fate played a bit of a role as well. “I wasn’t very tall so I figured basketball wouldn’t be the best fit and with baseball, I broke my wrist twice and that limited my ability to play,” Fucito explained. “I chose to pursue soccer because that’s probably what I was best at.” The fates again aligned when Fucito was paired with Charlie Davies, who would eventually be a star in international play and be capped 16 times with the U.S. National Team, on the same team when he was 12 years old and continued to be a great influence in his soccer-playing career. Davies was the reason Fucito went to an all-boys’ high school, which later set him on the track to Harvard where he became an All-American. Not only was he highly accomplished on the pitch at the esteemed university, Fucito also earned his degree in psychology and puts it to use to this day. He definitely believes his major focus has helped him in the game of soccer. “I think it does make me a little better at reading people and with team dynamic and how to interact with people on a personal level. It definitely helps,” he commented. Though he has since put his soccer-playing career ahead, Fucito’s college degree has clearly come in handy as a striker where, despite injury, he chalked up 32 career goals and 24 assists at Harvard and has become a vital asset to the Sounders at the forward position. He is relishing every moment he is able to put the team ahead. “It’s the best feeling in the world,” he said about scoring goals. “You can’t really describe it. There’s the adrenaline rush and everything just comes at you.” Even though Fucito’s most formidable opponent has been his own injuries, he has been able to overcome them. “Injuries have been a pretty big obstacle,” he said. “Unfortunately, in college I had a couple surgeries. I’ve been a bit unlucky with the injuries, like last year with my knee . . . I’m glad I was able to come back and pick up where I left off.” Now in Seattle and fully recovered, Fucito and his playing style are often compared to the likes of a bulldog. “I’m pretty aggressive,” he said. “I’m a little bit different build than most people. I’m not tall, but I’m a bit stockier. I use the strength that I’m given. I’m a hard worker, I make contact.” With that kind of solid work ethic and mentality, Fucito truly embodies the young spirit, enthusiasm and passion that can take the Sounders to the next level. “This season I’d like to score a bunch of goals,” he commented. “I got my first two goals of the season in the Open Cup game and I’d like to have goals in MLS games so the next step for me is to just keep scoring.” It’s obvious that this young bulldog isn’t going to stop pushing forward anytime soon and fans of the most celebrated Pacific Northwest soccer team are excited to see where he is going to take them.


Don’t you love awards Season? DList can’t help but note that our preeminence in Northwest lifestyle wouldn’t be possible without the copious amounts of Inspiration provided by local artists, performers and activists. It’s only appropriate that we return our thanks to the locally known AND nationally renowned by presenting them with the prestigious young northwest award for accomplishing so much in their young age. There was a bevy of talent nominated for our annual awards and our board of judges had a trying period choosing the proper representatives for each character. Thanks to all those who participated, even if you weren’t chosen, the nomination is a feat unto itself. and now, on to the victors. ALL PHOTOS BY BRIAN OH (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED) Hair/Make-up by dior carraway


JACKSON ARTIST DLIST: Hello! Thank you so much for doing this interview, we’re big fans of you over here at DList Magazine. ADAM JACKSON: Thanks for having me, very glad to have local fans. Thank you. DL: As a part of our Young Northwest issue, we were hoping to get into the mind of one of the most talented young graphic designers out there. What have you been up to these days? AJ: Well, first let me thank you for such a ridiculous introduction. I’ve been drawing a lot for one. I try to spend as much time with my family as possible, but because I’m kind of always working, it’s hard to find a balance. I have a studio at home, so if I really need to stay focused I shut myself off a bit from what is going on around the house. Otherwise, I work late at night. It’s the only time I really feel like I can concentrate. Other than that, it’s summer time so I’ve also been getting out and living a little. Lot’s of BBQs, camping, volleyball, late nights, et cetera. I’m always working on something, but have been finding the time to do other things besides my art. It’s been good. DL: Any collaborations with other artists coming up? AJ: I just finished doing a series of fashion illustrations for Andrew Marc, the type of project I have always wanted to do, so that was a lot of fun. Keep an eye out for more design work and collaborations with Northwest lifestyle brand Imperial Motion, always something going on there. Finished up some stuff for Nike a few months back, so that should probably drop sometime next year. I got some top secret stuff too, so you’ll see it when you see it. Otherwise, I’m a lone wolf, I work alone. photo by Adam Jackson

gether all kinds of elements of western pop culture to create something that is itself unique. DL: You recently had a kid and got married, has settling down and becoming a family man brought new insight into your art? AJ: Well, let’s get the order straight. First, I got married, then a few years later I had a kid. Secondly, I have never been happier. One of the happiest moments of my life was when I got married. Then I had a son, and WOW! Cloud nine again. My wife is my favorite person to be around, and now I have this beautiful son too! So I get to be around my two favorite people at home. It just brings a lot of perspective into life with where you put your priorities. Fatherhood really is a privilege, not a duty. Sure, life get’s crazy. You get stressed out, but it’s all worth it. My family has been my biggest blessing.

DL: Speaking of other artists, are there any in particular that influence your art or whose art you look up to? AJ: J.C. Leyendecker, Jeff Jones, Richard Corben, Charles Burns, James Jean, Jaime Hernandez, Robert Crumb, Coop, Enoch Bolles, just to name a few. I could go on for days. DL: What or who does influence your art? AJ: Fashion, nature, women, tattoo culture, comics, cartoons, religion, and everything in between. My faith and family inspire me to work hard. DL: I noticed a lot of your pieces explore the female figure. Would you say that’s a common concept throughout your art? AJ: Physical beauty, human anatomy, the female form, the skeletal structure . . . what can I say . . . It’s so fascinating and I never get bored with it. It’s just the most interesting thing I can think to draw and focus on. I love anatomy and never feel like I have a strong enough grasp or understanding of it. In one sense, I am in awe and wonder at the mystery of what God has created and I feel so thrilled and intrigued by it, and at the same time I feel the idolatry and emptiness of material/outward beauty, it’s ability to deceive, to persuade and mislead. The deceptive nature of beauty interests me. I think some of my work reflects this feeling. DL: I read that you grew up in Japan, which is more than known for their graphic design and eclectic pop culture, what would you say is the biggest difference in terms of inspiration from Japan and the Northwest? AJ: I really have no idea. Japan is a part of who I am since I spend the majority of my childhood and even early teen years there. I think all of the early exposure to Japanese art and comics must have greatly impacted me, as far as an interest in art and drawing. A lot of what I was exposed to as a kid was very graphic, stuff I was blown away by. All the eroticism and violence was just right there in your face and it wasn’t in anyway kept separate from the comics that were actually intended for kids. I think the one major influence or mindset I adopted from Japan is simply reinventing and repackaging existing ideas and styles, mixing to-

DL: On the surface, your images are beautiful and stunning but upon closer examination have a bit of darkness and mystery to them. What kind of concepts do you look to explore when drawing? AJ: Oftentimes I am really just trying to express a sensation, or create a mood with the images that I create, so I think first I am simply after capturing beauty and creating something that I feel is beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Beyond that, I think my work shows an underlying element of caution, that there can be something dangerous about beauty. Beauty is fleeting, temporary and will inevitably decay. I feel myself obsessing over beauty and the physical world around me and I want to harness it somehow, to capture it. So I want that to be present in my work. But I sense the emptiness and vanity of what I am doing as well, so I think I try to hint at that, however strong or subtle it may appear. Physical beauty can be appreciated, but there is so much more to life. In this way, my art is a confession — of my own vanity and struggle to be perfect or create something that appears perfect, at least on the outside. In many ways my art is a reflection of my own vanity, and the conviction of it. With all that said, there are still times I am just goofing off, drawing whatever pops into my head simply for fun. There isn’t always an intended deeper meaning. DL: A lot of your prints and works have iconic All-American images with a bit of a twist to them, what are some of the icons or images you find yourself revisiting? AJ: Well, I love to draw faces, often revisiting the same poses and facial expressions or angles. I feel like I never quite get it right, so I have to improve upon something I have already done. Then I feel like I’m getting nowhere because I’m too focused on a single idea and worry my work isn’t evolving or maturing. Basically, I am trying to capture the spirit of the modern women, or the modern American women as an icon, so that is an idea I am often revisiting. Another might be Catholic art and symbolism, especially depictions of the Virgin Mary. DL: Any chance you will be working on a clothing line or book anytime soon? Or anything you’re dying to do and hope to work on in the future? AJ: A book would be nice, but I don’t think I’m there yet. I’ll know when the time is right. I like to surprise people. I’m just thankful for the work that has come my way, that people genuinely like what I’m doing, and that people have shown such a strong interest. I’m very busy, so just keep an eye out.

DL: I know you currently live in the Seattle area and even went to the Seattle Art Institute, where’s your favorite Seattle location for inspiration? AJ: Nowhere specific. I just like to wander around and drink coffee. I like downtown. I like the Butterfly Room in Capitol Hill. I used to drop into Comet Tavern a bit. Street fashion and just the daily movement of the city is always inspiring, watching everyone rushing around. Fashion inspires me. DL: The music and art scene is pretty prevalent in Seattle, as a local Seattleite where do you go to see cool new artists and local artwork? AJ: I like to hit up Upper Playground in the U-district (now closed). Always great stuff, good art shows, good people. Last music show I went to was Sean Hayes at the High Dive. Got to see Cold War Kids at the Showbox recently too. DL: You drew our cover art for this month’s issue of DList Magazine, any specific muse for this cover? AJ: Anna Mischke. Good friend and a beautiful girl. She’s just unique, and has a wonderful personality. She has been an inspiration for a number of drawings. She’s great to work with, always fun. She was an obvious choice for me. DL: Thanks again for doing this interview, we look forward to seeing your future work! AJ: My pleasure. Thank you everyone who has supported my artwork, it means so much to me!



PHOTOGRAPHER Born in Vietnam and raised in Seattle, Alvin Nguyen’s career unfolded as he walked through a gallery of iconic Vogue images on display at Bellevue Square during Bellevue Fashion Week 2010. Moved by the images, he dropped everything and jumped into fashion with no prior knowledge in photography. Within three months, he opened his studio in downtown Seattle. Three months after

photo by Alvin Nguyen, Model Kelsey (Agency: SMG, DNA)

that, he shot for major agencies and celebrities worldwide. Within the first year he was assigned to work in Los Angeles, New York and London by clients who were fascinated by his interpretation of fashion. His incredible work can be seen at



From the Olympic Peninsula, Ricardo Hoffman moved to Seattle 10 years ago. He got his start at Barrio as a barback, only to become fascinated with the craft of bartending the more he was surrounded by it. After six months of hard work and relentless harassment to the bar staff and management, they gave Hoffman the opportunity to begin bartending at Barrio. A year later he got the op-

portunity to work at Sun Liquor (Summit) which had a huge influence on the development of his technique and knowledge in crafting cocktails. As of last May, Hoffman was hired at the Zig Zag Café after the departure of Murray Stenson. Hoffman currently works his magic at one of the city’s most storied cocktail bars.

Stratton began his career at the age of 16 at Seattle’s Le Gourmand restaurant under Chef Bruce Naftaly. From 2002 to 2007, Stratton worked for chef and owner Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita and in 2008 at Poppy with Chef Jerry Traunfeld. Stratton joined Spinasse in 2009 to further the restaurant’s perspective on the foods and feastings of Italy’s Piedmont region. His simple, refined dishes celebrate artisan products and small farmers from Italy and the Pacific Northwest. In its first two years, Spinasse was named one of Seattle’s Best Restaurants in 2009 by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and Stratton was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs for 2010. In June 2011, Stratton opened Artusi, a modern Italian aperitivo bar focusing on the historic and traditional cuisine of Italy crafted to pair with Italian spirits, cocktails and wine. The inspiration for the food comes from the roots of traditional Italian cuisine, influenced by Pellegrino Artusi’s book “Science in the Kitchen or the Art of Eating Well.” Favorite place to shop: I like thrift stores and vintage places. The Crossroads on Broadway is great for finding wild shoes and cheap blazers that I rework with acrylic paint. Favorite Restaurant: That’s a really tricky question. I love Joule, Sitka and Spruce and Machiavelli in equal parts. Favorite Bar: I love the original Sun Liquor and not just because it’s crazy close to home. They make the perfect Negroni and I’ve had many, many of them over the years at that delightfully dim bar. Erik Chapman is a complete gem, one of the sweetest bartenders in town.



photo by Lindsay Borden Photography

In less than three years, Miss Casey Carter has turned her lifestyle into a self-made business. With her love for everything affiliated with entertainment, Carter has added many titles to her ever-growing resume, including blogger, promoter and public relations. Carter stays active within the social scene by networking with everyone she comes across in hopes to make connections for herself or anyone who needs it. She has also put in some serious work when it comes to assisting the Northwest’s hip-hop scene by helping promote some of the hidden talented jewels as well as bringing more attention towards the city through her interviews with today’s freshest rappers. Keep up with Casey at



SUPREME THE BAND The Cult of Cthulhu conspired to abduct the artist Prince and by dark, arcane ritual conceived the accursed soul man: Eldridge Gravy. Granted his freedom, Eldridge assembled his Court Supreme. This hand-picked squadron of funksters proceeded to purge the Northwest from the doldrums. Their high-energy, tight arrangements and massive stage presence has the power to convince any

photo by brian oh

eldridge gravy and the court

crowd that funk ain’t dead. Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme’s sophomore album, “Party Hard,” finds the Seattle ensemble delving further into the raw soul and funk sounds they explored on their debut album, “Us Is What Time It Is.” Get down!

photo courtesy Dhruva Mikkelsen

Mikkelsen was born in Miami Beach and has lived in India for four years. He grew up practicing meditation in a large international community, being immersed in a culture of sharing where everyone looked out for one another’s greatest well-being. Mikkelsen is the founder of Shocking Goat Wathces and describes his brand as an expression of the swag, intelligence and support that he grew up with. Fun Fact: Mangoes and avocados are his favorite fruits and he doesn’t eat meat.



photo by Alvin Nguyen

Navarro is your fashion go-to girl. Aside from her day job doing the online marketing for Alhambra’s downtown boutique and wholesale line, she maintains several other fashion related projects such as styling for photo shoots and brand and image consultating for new designers and retailers. She also freelances with Treats Club doing graphic design, marketing and hosts a monthly flea market at HG Lodge called BadWill Market. She also offers services to rising brands and designers for lookbooks, closing sales and event coordination. Her true passion is in vintage clothing and hopes to operate her very own online boutique in the future and have the freedom to travel the world.


navarro STYLIST


pasulka WRITER

Sasha Pasulka became an internationally recognized name in 2006 when she began writing a Hollywood gossip column that grew into an online media company boasting nearly 15 million monthly readers. She left the gossip world in 2010 to work directly with entertainment clients, penning online media for Linkin Park, Incubus and Duran Duran with the über-hot Red Magnet Media agency.

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Now she’s teamed up with Seattle tech startup Pop Salad to revolutionize the way the game is played in Hollywood. Pasulka’s been published in the New York Observer, CNN, Jezebel, Gawker, and Radar. Fun Fact: She would be perfectly happy if it rained every single day.


williams berman TRAILBLAZERS

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Williams and Berman have been a part of many endeavors over the past five years. Williams is from Tacoma (Originally Queens, New York) and Berman is from South Seattle. Josh is the founder of promo juggernaut Soul Gorilla (along with BBoy, ‘Preme, Benito and Chern) which was founded in 2004. Both Ramel and Josh founded record label 800LB in 2008 and 4Evergreen Group in 2010. These two bring an exceptional blend of business acumen and heightened visional awareness to all of their enterprises. “I try to make a brand live and breathe. I want it to take root in your conscious and gradually seep into you unconscious until it feels as though it has always been there,” Berman said of his marketing techniques. “We never make the first move until we have already made the last, mentally at least.” Williams added that they “prefer to move in a singular direction.” 4Evergreen Group appears to be their most unique success to date, making them the 800LB. Gorilla of a rapidly evolving and expanding industry. They are mum about their future plans, simply stating that “it’s only going to get more exciting for our members. We want them all to be bettered by medical cannabis and have the opportunity to participate in our growth and experience some growth of their own.” Pun intended.


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henrichsen PHILANTHROPIST 24-year-old Michael Henrichsen was born in Hayward, Calif, but attended Bothell High. He left town for Minneapolis to be an NCAA hockey player while getting a degree in communications and a minor in music business. He has a love for music and movies from the ‘80s. He started a campaign for the famed musician to play at his birthday while raising money, among other things, for charity. During his life, he has learned to never stop trying to reach your goals in life because anything can happen.

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Karuza enjoys a good challenge and appreciates the philosophy that life does not always go as planned, but always ends up where it should. “The possibilities begin with your dreams, develop in your mind and come to life through your heart,” he said. Karuza is constantly seeking to discover the world and its endless potential. He has worked hard and accomplished a lot in life, his track record including national education honors, three trips to nationals for wrestling (helping earn Seattle a world record), thrown some great parties, started two successful companies, worked with three of the top fortune 10 companies through his social marketing company and is developing another startup called, set to launch in the next month. We’re going to stay tuned for Karuza’s next endeavor.

estrada BLOGGER

Jess Estrada loves her city. A native of Seattle, she’s a purveyor of all things fresh in the 206 on her blog This lifestyle blog is heavy in events, style, music, culture, social media, philanthropy and more. She daylights as director of marketing for Seattle-based social media agency Banyan Branch. On nights and weekends, she can be found blogging, reading, eating, shopping and dancing around the city. Estrada also loves to travel and explore other cities regularly. She’s an avid supporter of various non-profits, from PAWS and Bulldog Haven NW to Dress for Success and Seattle Works.

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Zia Mohajerjasbi is a 25-year-old, Seattle-based filmmaker. He has worked with Blue Scholars, Jake One, Macklemore and Common Market to produce critically acclaimed music videos. He has also directed a short film, “Manoj” (2007), which was awarded several accolades, including a Special Selection in the Dubai International Film Festival. His latest project, “WINGS,” a short film for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, was fan-funded through the Kickstarter platform and released earlier this summer. He was awarded The Stranger’s Genius Award in Film in 2009. Mohajerjasbi’s next project, currently in pre-production, is a short film set in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace neighborhood. For info on the latest, you can visit his blog at

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karuza JACK-of-all-trades

Written by Tyler Huggins In this land of our generation, replete with campaign slogans and renowned for the minute-made status of popular anything, the young sit back and let the world revolve. With each rotation, mainstream American conscious is branded, cobranded and rebranded, thought and action carefully monitored and manipulated. College students, laden/saddled/burdened with loans dejectedly saunter home to their parents’ open arms. With jobs nowhere to be found, the internship’s pedestal slowly spins, propelled by newfound glory. Hipsterdom, born at the hands of psychologists on corporate retainer, proliferates, co-opting at a disconcerting rate. And the corporatocracy looms overhead, examining our social media, analyzing our searches and owning cool. As a group, we stare slack-jawed over the amount of personal control we relinquish, the corruption of individual freedom. Writers long past their age of rebellion develop a litany of clever terms for our generation: slackoise, generation Y, boomerang kids, Millenials, Peter Pan Generation, iGeneration, and as popularized by the New Yorker and Jeff Arnett, emerging adults. Some accurate, all SEO keywords to promote their article’s 15 seconds of fame.

HIPSTERDOM. Here is a foolproof definition of a hipster: someone who fears losing cultural relevance without having actually contributed to culture. Whoo boy. First of all, let’s note that mocking hipsters is passé and petty and generally done by other hipsters under the auspices of irony. That’s the secret to engaging the hipster within, by the way. Take something and make it ironic. Manliness is ironic. Jingoism is ironic. Wealthy and white trash, ironic. If hipsters are ironic and irony is cool, then hipsters are cool.* By now, the commercialized hipster is so ubiquitous that it’s reached equivocal levels due to the far-reaching ambivalence of said culture. Some examples . . . Hipsters have tattoos, although some don’t. Hipsters are anachronisms, taking photos with outdated cameras and then turn to modern technology to upload them on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Hipsters hate the mainstream and love the margins, the meta-hipster hearts mainstream.

YOU GET THE IDEA. THERE’S NO NUCLEUS. A hipster proper is a second-hand informant. They never contribute to independent culture, but promulgate its message and cool by being the first to own or advocate a new (or old-made-new) fringe product. Every product they advertise becomes part of the hipster canon, which in turn becomes a mainstream affair. A commercial product for mass consumption, cool stamped by your run-of-the mill hipsta. The rage of Hipsterdom propagates so rapidly that it appropriates American pop culture quicker than culture manifests. Insatiated with mainstream pop culture, the hipster consumer group has shifted to destroying counterculture with search engine speed. Due to their appropriation of alternative culture, many culture gurus have decried the hipster as the culmination and death of the counterculture. How does this contribute to the broken backbone of youthful rebellion? Imagine hipster culture as Mr. or Ms. PacMan (did they not marry?), swallowing the dots all over the board. Now, in our imaginary metaphor, each dot represents some ethnic or fringe culture, some more dominant (big dots), some slightly less so (small dots). Each dot/culture differentiates from the mainstream, it rebels. As our hipster PacMan swallows each dot, it’s appropriating the dot’s essence, making the unique identity the dot represents (such as the keffiyeh) assimilate with the many identities within PacMan. The unique identity no longer exists. Instead, the ghost of its existence resides within Hipsterdom. Now, much like Toru Iwatani, who developed PacMan, someone developed the hipster. That someone is marketing agencies.

THE CORPORATOCRACY. Adam Smith, the forbearer of capitalism and modern economic theory, the Scotsman that bore heavy influence over the founding of the American capitalism, warned us against the corporatocracy. Beware the monopolies, said Smith, especially if they’re executed under the guise of government approval. It’s a well-known truism that our economy has shifted from perverted capitalism to a corporatocracy. As corporate influence increases, the government finds itself competing with Wall Street for power. To quote Julian Assange in his fascinating interview with famous art curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, “In the United States now, there are two rival systems that control the distribution of power. There is the modern form of what we used to call the military-industrial complex or the intelligence complex, and there is Wall Street. These two rival groups are vying to be the central dispensers of power in the United States. I think they are actually loosely coupled to Hillary on the shadow state side, and Obama on the Wall Street side.”

OBAMA: THE BRAND. As part of my research for this article, I asked a large sampling of Millenials (such an uninspired demographic title) these three questions: Did you vote in 2008? Who did you vote for? Why? The first two answers were predictable: Yes. Obama. The third question resulted in introspective silence. Eventual answers ranged from “I don’t know” and “Lesser of two evils” to “I’m not very political, so I probably shouldn’t comment . . .” and “he’s liberal.” The latter is completely untrue: in 2005, Newsweek did a rising star feature about Obama and the entire feature circulated around Obama’s purple (moderate) candidacy. The remaining three answers were different iterations of this response: “I’m not sure why I voted for Obama, I just did.” Like puppets. But what does this mean for us? Why did we vote for Obama? We voted for Obama because we believed it would bring about change and

progress (or, we didn’t want the aged McCain to die in office and have Palin take over). Change and progress were buzzwords created by the Obama brand. The belief in change and progress wasn’t preternatural. It was given to us by marketing strategists. And, their marketing staff used the right social media tools (such as one of the earliest iPhone apps: the countdown timer to Obama’s election) to fabricate hype around Obama and target the trendsetters: our generation. By making Obama into a high-end consumer brand, the campaign strategists understood our generation’s form of communication: viral marketing, brand association and false icons. We thrive in that shit.

THAT’S NOT ALL. The brilliance behind Obama’s campaign derives not from political platforms, but the platform of attraction, charisma and buzz. In “Blink,” Malcolm Gladwell referred to this phenomenon as the Warren Harding Error (the phenomenon being we tend to vote for the tall, dark and handsome candidate despite their capabilities), and the campaign strategists for Obama played up the President’s ability to look stately and presidential without really demonstrating any alacrity in leadership. Thus, the Warren Harding Error became the Warren Hardy strategy. The Obama brand’s bosom buddy is the hipster. Norman Mailer, who wrote about the burgeoning hipster culture in the 1950s, referred to hipsters as the white negro, attempting to disaffiliate with their own whiteness. What better way to insinuate your hipsterness than to align one’s vote with the first black man (sorry, Sharpton) with serious presidential potential? I assure you, the marketing strategists took Mailer into account when running the Obama campaign. Here’s the thrust of all this nonsense: Wall Street (high-end marketing strategy) paired with the government (Obama’s campaign) is discomfiting. It’s anticapitalism, a blatant disregard for the precepts of Adam Smith. The corporatocracy perpetuates their power and influence through their coveted target audience: progressive moderns (marketing jargon for hipster). Hipsters, as their stranglehold on contemporary culture tightens, are becoming the main advocates of the corporatocracy (now that’s irony!). Advertising to the hipster requires rendering typical mediums of rebellion (art, music and media) flat and commonplace. Art is acceptable, as long as it promotes a product, music is OK, as long as the lyrics are insipid (Kanye), simple to decipher (Swift) and not divisive (all pop music). Media must bend to the hipster demands of the corporatocracy or their following (remember, hipsters dictate relevance) and funding (corporate ads) will dwindle. For the corporatocracy, the hipster is the perfect consumer. Since hipsters pride themselves on operating the forefront of cool, all advertisers have to do is target the hipster. Once they purchase the company’s product, they’ll disseminate were manipulated into buying. If this sounds dubious, look up at the most viral videos on YouTube each month. 9.8 times out of 10, it’s an ad. Advertisers don’t need to create a buzz around their product anymore, we do it for them.

HOW DOES THE CORPORATOCRACY STIFLE OUR REBELLIOUS SPIRIT? Through the hipster. Advertisers and the faux-hemians maintain a symbiotic relationship. Advertisers pull products from the fringe cultures and ethnicities (or create said cultures) and sell it to the hipster, who then disseminates the product (the keffiyeh) and tears out its essence (the keffiyeh is/was a symbol of Palestinian nationalism, now available where outgoing trends go to die: Amazon). These purveyors of cool patrol the Internet, searching for upcoming countercultural fashions and manicuring the fashion for the hipster palate, destroying the counterculture in the process. Through this course of destruction, countercultures, garnering enough momentum to truly implement change. Pretty discouraging, eh?

PARENTS. I spoke with Jane Adams, a local social psychologist, to sort out my fledgling theories about the relationships between parents and the boomerang generation. Much of her research and writing focuses on parental relations with their grownup children, so her insight gave shape to my inchoate thoughts. We spoke about the roles of political disillusions, economic strife, navelgazing and the atomization of society through technology and its influence on us youths. And, we talked about parents. My parents, the Baby Boomer generation, possess uncanny similarities with our generation (we’re referred to as Echo Boomers by some sociologists). They were the first study group for emerging adulthood. Today, in reaction to the more formal and rigid relationships between the Baby Boomers’ parents and our parents, the Boomers attempt to have a more authentic, peer relationship with their children (Adams theory, which I, hipster-like, stole). As more twentysomethings return home, our parental peers fear refusing to provide sanctuary, disrupting the peer relationship previously established with the now grown child. Living with your parents is easily one of the more humiliating feats a college graduate can accomplish. Any way you paint it (Mom makes me breakfast! I don’t pay for anything, I can save up while others waste their money on everyday amenities!), privacy and independence are still more precious than Mom’s buttermilk pancakes (well, sometimes). Back at home, depression festers and threatens at every corner, waiting to prey on your despondency with interview failures and perceived inability to impress the parents. My advice to parents -- turn us away at the door. This may come off as callous, especially in a time of economic woe, but we need some impetus. If our parents are not only our guardians but peers, then they are the most influential beings in our life. If we’re required to become fiscally responsible (read: no mom and pop room and board), we’ll prepare for post-college life a little more proactively, precluding the existential “Shit. Now what?” moment that strikes during graduation as you step down from the grandstand.

STUDENT LOANS. Student loans are a fucking sham (clearly, college left me in the red). They destroy lives and make us a slave to the monthly payments and compounding interest. Student loans, 21st century indentured servitude. Collectively, our Lost Generation has the highest student loan debt per capita in American history. A statistically-average college student graduates with

$20,000 of debt. That far in the hole, you’re not looking for an additional loan to start a business or attend graduate school. Forget about travel and commensurate luxuries. You’re immobilized by debt, incarcerated by interest and perpetual payments. Student loans quell the rebellion in youth by way of restraint. A recent graduate can’t leave the job they loathe and risk employment at a startup or passionbased occupation. Anything that jeopardizes credit status (credit number is a completely arbitrary and unfounded structure invented by the corporatocracy) is strictly taboo. So, there’s no intermediary period to explore options. Instead you get two choices: a) find a job (any job) immediately or b) swallow your pride and clean your hard drive, you’re moving home. Travel: the common conduit for acculturation and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of one’s society. Not for our generation. When laden/ saddled/burdened with debt, travel is the first luxury to go. While travel and the introspective connotations of traveling alone pander to free thinking (relief from the ceaseless barrages of marketing and manipulation helps as well), working a job that you loathe for a pittance tends to have an opposite effect. When we’re unable to chase an occupation or venture were passionate about, our talents in that realm begin to depreciate. We lose our separation from the predetermined societal roles that we once possessed the capacity to shift, but lack the power to do so. Student loans: keeping everyone in check. I envy those who didn’t attend a four year college. Their freedom far outweighs any semblance of an education I received from my liberal arts college.

OUR LAST HOPE. There is still hope for our generation, for our movement. The public disgust with oil and wars abroad is increasingly tangible. American citizens are more dissatisfied with the American war hawks than in years past, who seems to dabble in international affairs a bit more than necessary. Although our 20s may feel short, we have ample time to invert the downward spiral of our culture and populace and (this is a trite but earnest statement) leave the world slightly better because our generation existed. I’m not suggesting that you shirk all of society’s rules and regulations. I just invite you to examine their validity. To live an examined life. Just avoid using the Internet to promote your movement or it’ll be featured in the next Skittles commercial.

YOU HAVE TO LOOK UP Written by Salvador Redd Photography by Danielle Bortone-Holt

“Your generation is being tormented by the temptation to look down. You have to look up. I Have a boy. I have a 20-year-old Boy. And I have constantly hammered on him . . . to not look down. Inspiration will Keep Going By.” As humans, our most intimate, most dynamic and charged relationship is with the clock (if you don’t believe me, ask Hook). Clocks induce ecstasy and agony through the cold and inhuman immutability of seconds, minutes and hours. Our lives are clock dependent. Everyone has a relationship with a certain clock, depending on the geography of your livelihood. When we walk, we often take a certain route that passes by the clock that’s synced up with our work clock, it advises you to speed up, slow down or maintain the current clip (mine’s the Seattle Central clock on Broadway and Pine). If you’re walking along 2nd, your clock resides in Peter Miller Books. Peter Miller has one of those voices. The type that you wish your professors’ had, one that captivates and sounds erudite without the patronizing undertones. The type where you expect to see a pipe in his hand as he gestures wildly (which he does, especially when you talk with him about Kansas City; he’s a fan). As the store’s main liason, Miller mirrors the esoteric and eccentric nature of his bookstore. Like all good bookstores, Peter Miller Books is not a bookstore. Sure, there’s books, but that’s a component of the aesthetic. There’s designer glassware, cutlery and corkscrews. There’s sketch books, $240 Caran D’Ache fountain pens and an $18 german key rings. There’s NAVA bags, Monica Castiglioni A Pistili and helvetica calendars. And there’s clocks and watches, homages to grandfather time. Not too mention, the clock he places intentionally at passerby eye-line, the one that makes us speed up or slow down. Of course, Peter Miller Books does have books. Plenty of books. The first difference you’ll notice in this bookstore is the shelving. It’s vertical. Peter and his business partner felt that quarantining the books in segmented vertical shelving gave more focus to individual books. It also forces you to look up, which, as Miller will tell you, is the key to experiencing architecture (and life). “You have to look up.” Miller repeats this sentiment throughout the length of our interview, lamenting our generations inclination to look down at screens in our palms. With a cursory glance, the shop casts a daunting tableaux, lacking the normal legends that herd book browsers to their desired locations. Miller’s shop forswears book labeling or alphabetization. “Everything is where it should be.” Miller assures us. “Just spend an hour in here, you’ll see.” He’s right, after a period of time there’s a coherence to the store. German architecture here, urban planning there and the art of rebels everywhere. Considering the niche group his shop panders to (architects and architect aspirants or enthusiasts, mainly), a conformist organizational pattern strikes this journalist as unnecessary and unbecoming. I’ve always argued that Seattle has one bookstore (Elliot Bay). Thanks to my confined literary lens, I’m wrong. Elliot Bay is for King’s E’ enthusiasts. Peter Miller Books is a bookstore for mathematicians. It’s for the engineer’s mind, the mind of the nerd, the geek: the inventors and designers of our society that people like myself write about. Dwight Schrute would shop here.


dashboard confessions Written by Tyler Huggins Photography by Hanne Zak

Those involved in DB Skimboards are extremely fortunate. Not only are they the leading talent in their field, the field of skimboarding, but their product is the envy of companies everywhere. should we all be so lucky.

You know those kids you see at the beach? That’s too vague. You know those kids you see on the beach sprinting full speed and dropping an oval board onto the small Puget Sound breakers, jumping on and gliding across the smooth, water-drenched sand? You know whom I’m referring to? Well, (I really feel like I’m writing for some non-existent, 50-year-old DList reader right about now) the sport is called skimboarding and it’s making the lackluster NW surf rideable. “When people would watch us ride our early planks, they would always refer to the boards as ‘dashboards.’ That’s how we came up with our company’s name, Dashboard Skimboards.” That’s Isaac Thomas, one of the founders of Dashboard Skimboards as well as a jack-of-all-trades within the company. He films the DB team, edits the footage, works in the shop and does a bit or riding himself. And, from the short time I’ve spent with him and the reputation he’s garnered in the currently underground flatland skim culture, I can attest that his board skills don’t go unnoticed. Of course, he’s not alone. The same applies to the rest of the DB riders. There’s a kindred element of DIY and collaboration among the team. It’s served them well. Through their dedication to creating the best boards for NW conditions and persevering the elements to ride each prototype, DB has become the DC team of skimboarding and the decks (which are built and tested by the riders) are the New Wave (Ha!) skimboarders Blue Label. A little history on skimboarding. In the ‘70s, skimboards were something of a novelty item, round discs that beach-goers rode when they wanted a break


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from surfing. The years went on and a company out of Laguna Beach, Victoria Skimboards, popularized a new, eye-shaped board that provided more control and longer rides. Victoria engineered their skimboard designs to replicate surfboards, allowing skimmers to ride into shorebreaks and carve the two-footers. As a result, skimboarding became the cute mini horse in the surfing scene, training wheels for the seven-foot breakers. Remember the scene in “Lords of Dogtown” or “Dogtown and Z-Boys” when the Zephyr team entered a comp and virtually re-invented skateboarding with their unique approach to the sport? That’s Dashboard’s relationship to skimboarding. Their full foam pad boards and flatland/railwork has taken skimboarding from surfing’s baby cousin into a sport of its very own. And its/their popularity is accelerating at a dead poet’s rate. Any beach you hit up in Washington and the greater NW that’s skimmable has some young sunburned soul tossing a board and pushing the sport further. More than likely, that board has a DB insignia etched into it. At this moment, DB skim is helping skimboarding claw out of the womb, pushing aside the Victoria and Zaps of the world that perceive skimming and surfing as inextricable. Thomas and CO. have made skimboarding into a standalone entity and asserted themselves as an indelible part of skimming folklore. Although they may not have been the originators of the flatland skimboarding craze that invades the Puget Sound shorelines as well as NW rivers, creeks and backyards all summer long, they certainly have given skimboarding the legs to walk or ride on.

BEAUTY IN YOUR BACK YARD Written by Tricia Mann


BUTTERLONDON.COM With a name like butter LONDON, you never would guess that eco-chic nail


lacquer line is from Seattle. Their products are formulated without the use of the harmful ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP or parabens. With

From the same people that brought you the Sonicare toothbrush, Clarisonic uses

fashion-forward colors and packaging, it’s no wonder that creative director

the same technology to give your face a deep clean. A staple for any skincare

Nonie Creme has donned the nails at runway shows for Betsey Johnson and

routine, this Bellevue-based beauty tool helps to exfoliate and even remove

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SUPERNATURALENERGYBALLS.COM The Accidental Beauty Product Your skin is an immediate indicator of your internal health and reflects the changes going on inside your body. Proper nutrition enhances your skin’s natural glow and can repair imbalances that lead to breakouts, as well as other skin conditions such as rosacea. Sadee Whip discovered a way to pack


all of the essential nutrients in the most digestible single source; chocolate. She calls her Ballard-based creation SuperNatural Energy Balls. During the

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“I believe in the people that I hire,” Becker said. “They are talented, hard-working, passionate and are always learning something new.” When done just right, the mingling of human touch, dim light, sweet aromas and calming oasitic sounds can conjure up quite a state of bliss. Enter Ananya Spa. What began as a small massage practice in 2003 has flourished into one of Seattle’s premier day spas specializing in massage, facials, nail care, waxing and body treatments. Ananya Spa owner Julianne Becker strives to create u n f o r g e t t a b l e c l i e n t e x p e r i e n c e s b y maintaining a well-educated team of massage

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therapists and estheticians. “I believe in the people that I hire,” Becker said. “They are talented, hard-working, passionate and are always learning something new.” 2810 Elliott ave seattle, Washington 98121 (206) 217-1744 A dually-licensed therapist herself, Becker is certified in massage and esthetics. What sets Ananya Spa apart from other spas, she said, is the dedication of its therapists to increasing their knowledge in the techniques of their trade.

Becker chose the name Ananya, meaning “unlike any other” in Sanskrit, with the goal to “wow” people every single time. The skin care menu includes an array of facials, peels, brow and eyelash treatments. Massage techniques include Swedish, deep tissue, Lomi Lomi, table Thai, hot stone and couples massage, to name a few. Many types of manicures and pedicures are offered, as well as waxing with the most effective, cutting-edge techniques. In addition, specific services are offered just for gentlemen. Becker added that two multifunctional wet treatment rooms were added in June where body scrubs are now performed in the traditional Asian style, as well as sunless spray tanning. Relax. Unwind. Rejuvenate. Packages and gift certificates are available.


FALLINGWrittenINTO PLACE by Kristen Puckhaber

Womens Tuxedo: Red Tux Jacket, Leather Trousers, Snakeskin Blouse by WAREHOUSE

Fall trends never seemed more exciting, especially for the Pacific Northwest. It almost seems the forecast was set specifically for our weather, our demographic, our people. Easy trends that are effortless and aesthetically appealing is exactly what we need right now; with unpredictable weather and economic strains, DList is confident that this season the streets will be full of ’70s fashion, women tuxedos and bright accents (to name a few). Now is the time to take advantage of the cluster of vintage stores and contemporary online shops to complete a look or ignite your inner stylist. 56

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1.Structured Purses: ACCESSORIZE 2. Graphics: Oversize ‘AMEN’ Printed Long Vest ( 3. Suede/Wedges: LINZI ( 4. Cuff Bracelettes: MONSOON 5. Capes/”New Wave” Plaids: Plaid Cape by TK MAXX 6. Chains/Burnt Orange: Block Animal Chain Purse by PENNEYS 7. Blocks/Stripes: Zip front Color Block Patches Dress in Black by PILOT (

Relaxed Tailoring: Pleated pants, Tailored Jacket and Clogs (

Knits and Fur: Eve by NOBIS

Androgynous Suiting: Camel Coat, Check Jacket, Check trousers, Blouse by WAREHOUSE



Western influence always seems to make its way into fall collections and this year is no different. From A z t e c p r i n t s t o l e at h e r fringe, we’ve mapped out key looks that will carry you through this season. We reckon you’ll enjoy it. Jen's Pirate Booty Nightcap Crochet Cover-up $297; SWAY & CAKE Vanessa Mooney Gold Feather Necklace; SWAY & CAKE IM:MORTAL Canyon Puch Necklace $72 Soixante Neuf ring $324; SWAY & CAKE

Vintage Havana Feather Trim Poncho $75 NEUW Marilyn High Skinny jeans $140; ZEBRACLUB Chan Luu Turquoise bracelet $142; SWAY & CAKE Pade Vavra Turquoise earrings $225; SWAY & CAKE

WE INTERVIEWED FASHION FIRST CO-PRODUCER, JOAN KELLY, ON THIS SEASON’S HOTTEST TREND. HERE ARE SOME OF HER THOUGHTS AND TIPS ON HOW TO WESTERNIZE YOUR WARDROBE: “ I Love This Trend Because It Is A Great Way To Take Your Inner Hippie Into Fall And Keep It Going All Year Long. It Is All About Being Casual, Current, Street And Polished All At The Same Time. This Trend Is Very Cozy And Weather Appropriate For The Northwest. It Also Travels Well And I Am Personally Going To Rock This Over Thanksgiving In Whistler, Venice For The Marathon And Nyc With My Fashion Students From The Art Institute Of Seattle. The Key To This Look Is Harnassing Your Confidence And Truly Letting Your Styling Be Effortless. If It Seems Difficult , Here Are Some Key Pieces That Will Help You Achieve The Look: Ponchos, Tall Nude Boots, Wood Bangles And Lots Of Leather. This Trend Is Continuously Repeated, So The More Wear You Put Into Those Leather Pieces, The More Authentic Your Western Look Will Be.”

Tucker top $272; SWAY & CAKE Nuugard Grass Circle in Gold necklace $198; SWAY & CAKE Current Elliot jeans $218; SWAY & CAKE

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Leyendecker Spector Dress $231 Quicksilver The Graduate Heritage CArdigan $118; ZEBRACLUB

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evergreen state fair | september 1 OneRepublic burst on the scene in 2007 with the release of its debut single “Apologize,” which received an unprecedented amount of airplay. OneRepublic’s second single also shot to the top of the charts making its debut album, “Dreaming Out L ou d, ” cer t ified gold in mor e t h an t h r ee c o un t r ie s . OneRepublic continued to experience success with the release of its second album, “Waking Up,” in 2009. Make sure to check out the live show filled with amazing performances and classic make-you-dance pop music.

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lil’ wayne


trinity nightclub | september 4 You may know Sasha Grey from HBO’s Entourage, or from her notorious (but brief) career as an adult film actress, or from her roles in feature films, or as an author, as a musician (with the band aTelecine & cameos on Lee “Scratch” Perry’s album). This is your opportunity to see her live, maybe take a photo with her, and catch her rock the party on the turntables. For tickets visit and for VIP email

white river amphitheatre | september 4 With his 10th studio album ,Tha Carter IV, released this past June, Wayne had little time to celebrate before heading back onstage. After spending time in arenas for the first half of the dates, Wayne hit amphitheaters in 40 cities between July and September for the second leg. As usual, Weezy will have plenty of headline-worthy help with him, including returning Still Music compatriot Rick Ross, as well as Keri Hilson, Far East Movement and Lloyd.

puyallup fair

puyallup event center | september 9-25 For everyone with an inner child, the Puyallup Fair is the place to be. Complete with every ride your heart could desire, fried food until you want to throw up, and even more fair games and entertainment, there is simply no reason why you shouldn’t go to the Puyallup Fair. With performance from the Flaming Lips, Selena Gomez, Miranda Lambert, and even an Elvis impersonator, the fair is the place to be. Make sure to buy your tickets online and check out the lineup at

The kings of Party Rock are in Seattle for a night to party so hard you’ll sleep through Sunday. Celebrating the recent release of their second studio full-length album, “Party Rock,” LMFAO is sure to tear the house down at WaMu Theater with their widely known singles “Party Rock Anthem,” “Shots” and “I’m in Miami Bitch.” Filled with outrageous colors, lots of shots and a killer live performance from Ke$ha, the LMFAO concert is sure to be a good time for all dance music lovers alike.

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young northwest party


fremont oktoberfest


sasha grey

wamu theatre | september 10

kings of leon


This annual three-day festival takes place during Labor Day weekend and brings some of the best entertainment to the Pacific Northwest. Complete with a range of performers and entertainment from comedy improv to theater and dance performances, there is a little bit of everything for everyone. This year will include performances from Seattle favorites Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Wiz Khalifa, Minus the Bear, Little Dragon and Ray LaMontagne. Held in the Seattle Center, the festival includes beautiful arts and crafts, delicious local food and many other reasons to swing by and check it out.



key arena | september 12 The summer of amazing concerts continues with a performance by the Kings of Leon. Known for the deep Southern rock tinge to their music, Kings of Leon are proving themselves as constants in the alternative music scene. Formed in 1999, Kings of Leon released its first hit single “Sex on Fire” in 2008 and have since seen its fandom and followers multiply. Kings of Leon fans appear to be drawn to the old rock, but the newer songs that feature arena rock influence have gained a large following and proved their musical staying power.

munchbar | september 23

The September issue of DList Magazine is our annual ‘Young Northwest’ issue where we feature our picks for the up-andcoming young people making waves in the northwest within their specific field or profession. With the issue DList will also host the red carpet event of the year at Munchbar on Friday, Sept. 23, where all the winners will be in attendance and their specific skillsets will be on full display. Expect live music, live art, featured cocktails and appetizers.

fremont (phinney & 1st) | september 23-25 Get ready for the festival voted by USA Today and as one of the best places to celebrate the annual Oktoberfest. Taking place in the heart of the Seattle Fremont district, the Fremont Oktoberfest is filled with brews, beers, delicious food and an all-around good time. Complete with a kid-friendly Oktoberfest Village and kid’s area, the festival will span over three days to give the whole family plenty of time to get over there. There will be two stages with live music along with other entertainment and other booths to entertain everyone.

decibel festival

variety of locations | september 28 - oct 2 Beginning in 2003, this music festival celebrates everything electronic. Headlining the festival this year is Moby, the one-man face of electronic music since the late ’80s. With the release of his newest album this year, Moby and other big names in electronic music gather together to show Seattleites a good time. Including performances from Mad Professor, Bonobo and other big names in electronic music, the festival also celebrates visual arts and New Media. For fans of dubstep, electronica, techno music and all things digital, check out the Decibel Festival.

For more Seattle events check out

friday, JULY 22 blake lewis’ 30th bday bash

see sound lounge

Photography by Danielle Bortone Holt


The world's first soft-serve ice cream machine was located in an Olympia Dairy Queen.

Turning 30 years old should be celebrated to the fullest of your capabilities and ex-American Idol star Blake Lewis did just that with the help from his friends at DList Magazine and See Sound Lounge. Blake put on an amazing DJ/live set and had his fans and friends in a dancing frenzy all night long.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 BOMbAY sapphire & GQ Bartender summit hotel 1000

Photography by Carlos Imani for the Elite Collective

GQ Magazine and Bombay Sapphire joined up once again to bring out the best mixologists in Seattle to compete for a coveted feature in GQ Magazine. All cocktails featured Sapphire Gin along with competitors own ingredients. The winner was Mark Sexhauer from Hector’s with “The Forager” a blend of Sapphire, egg whites, lemon juice, carrots, cumin seeds, Lillet Blanc and simple syrup. Runners up were Shane Sahr from Tini Bigs and Bryn Lumsden from Rob Roy. The judges were Nick Kosevich (Brand Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire), Andrew Friedman (President of the Washington State Bartenders Guild and Owner of Liberty Bar), and Lawyer Milloy (former UW Husky, Seattle Seahawk, and Super Bowl XXXVI Champion).


BILLIONAIRE DROPOUTS A college education is a great thing! However these success stories created their own paths to world domination without the cap and gown!







NET WORTH: 56 Billion Dollars

NET WORTH: 110 Million Dollars

DROPPED OUT OF: Harvard University

DROPPED OUT OF: NYU to persue her singing career.

FROM: Seattle, WA

FROM: New York, NY

FUN FACT: Gates created his first computer program (for his high school)

FUN FACT: Her stage name ‘Lady Gaga’ was formed from a famed

when he was 17.

Queen song ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and an autocorrected text message that changed ‘Radio’ into ‘Lady’ from her mentor Rob Fusari.



NET WORTH: 8.3 Billion Dollars


DROPPED OUT OF: Reed College; but continued to attend calligraphy

NET WORTH: 4.2 Billion Dollars

classes and live on his friend’s dorm room floor.

DROPPED OUT OF: Stowe School (Stowe, Buckinghamshire)

FROM: San Francisco, CA

FROM: London, England

FUN FACT: To make ends meet Steve used to return used Coke bottles

FUN FACT: Richard had severe dyslexia causing him to have poor

for money.

academic abilities.

The Lewis and Clark expedition entered the state on October 10, 1805.

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DList Magazine | September 2011 | The Young Northwest Issue